Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #81
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3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Neustadt Springs Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Notes: A traditional dark English Mild. The term mild meaning “not bitter” does not refer to strength. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Giving rich malt and light nut aromas and mellow malt and good hop notes to the palate. A smooth and easy drinkable ale.
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neustadt Brewery’s 10W30 Malty Grain Premium Dark Ale. 5.5% alc.

The beer has a beige head that is quite frothy. The colour of the beer is dark brown. The smell is toasted malt, a sweetness, some brown bread, too. The taste is similar to the aroma and there is a slight nut character at play, as well as some bitterness.

The body is medium and the finish is wet and smooth.

This is a delicious beer. Perfect for a fall or winter afternoon. It would pair well with stews or grilled steak.

Oct 29, 2017
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akdo from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: The beer has a dark brown body that is reminiscent of dark molasses. Given the darkness of the beer's body, one cannot see through it. The beer's carbonation produces a one-finger head that has the colour of sand. Moreover, the latter ends up being a thin layer with a few small holes. This means the head is resilient.

SMELL: The beer produced a grainy smell reminiscent of cereals and even cooked bread. There was a mild note of malt.

TASTE: The beer has notes of cereals, cooked bread and hot caramel. It has a hint of vanilla, nuts and coffee in the background. The hops' bitterness is mild. Moreover, do not expect a taste of milky chocolate, which is not meant to be a reproach.

FEEL: Like any brown ales or its other variations, this beer has carbonation. Thanks to the malt, the latter does not end up giving the impression we are tasting carbonated spring water. Because of the subtle carbonation, the beer has a creamy texture. It even covers one's tongue and leaves a medium-bodied feeling.

OVERALL: Although I am not a fan of brown ales or dark mild ales, I would go back to this beer for sure! I loved it for its simplicity.

Nov 07, 2016
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew. First time trying Neustadt. Found his brew to be full bodied and amazingly refreshing. Didn't find this to be super malty nor chocolate-tasting. Canned from the LCBO, highly recommended.

Dec 31, 2015
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tomghiley from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a fan of brown ales, they are typically one of my least favorite styles of beer. Having said that, the first time I tried 10w30, I will never forget it, and it has always been one of my go to beers since my first sip. It is very, VERY malt-driven, has rich molasses notes, and a nice level of sweetness.

Oct 13, 2015
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EricVonStein from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can to glass, its dark clear amber to nearly brown. a finger of tan head settles quickly to foamy covering.

The malts are dark, pumpernickel bread, toasty, and mild molasses.

Big dark rye malt profile, whole grain bread, toasted bread. Earthy and herby hops bring a mild bitterness at the finish to help dry it out. Nicely carbonated with a bit of warming, body holds up.

Nice malt rich dark ale with good toasty character. not overly complex but no weak points. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Oct 04, 2015
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a "no harm, no foul" type of beer. Refreshing, relatively tasty, although a bit mild. You won't regret having one but you will not purposely seek one out either.

Jun 02, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into goblet. best before 27 08 2015. enjoyed on may 19, 2015

a: a nice chestnut-ruby colour topped with a finger of quickly-dissipating tan head

s: milk chocolate-covered raisins, plums/prunes, figs, slight cherry and caramel, a touch of vanilla. dominant fruity sweetness. smells good!

t: up front are figs and cherries mingling well with sweet but light chocolatey caramel. mid-palate has a subdued nutty toasted bread character, and a note of vanilla. finishes with a mild bitterness

m: light but not watery. medium-minus carbonation

o: malt and not much else in this beer, but it's really tasty

May 19, 2015
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Druncle_C from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A proper dark session. Malty and chocolatey, with a very light and crisp mouthfeel for a dark. Incredibly easy to drink.
I have them deliver 20L kegs to my house.

Jan 28, 2015
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CaledonCountryBoy from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Malty is the word used by Neustadt that highlights this offering. And its low carbonation is a distinguishing trait. Mild, not risky, is how its taste strikes me. As a brown ale, it's worth a try.

Oct 08, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO after seeing it for years. Just under $3.00 for a 473ml can like usual. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that dissipates in a minute. Dark for sure

S- Not the best but nice caramel and malt.

T- Malt bomb pure and simple

M- Good considering it's a single minded beer

O- Pretty good. Won't buy again though

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... Pork Ribs. Seasoned and braised in the oven

Decided to try one more time. Raised everything up a quarter point. It is a good beer and I will buy again.

Aug 02, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review of this beer after picking up a 473 ml can from the LCBO.

Appearance - Cola brown pours into pint glass giving rise to 1/2 finger of off-white head which dissipates quickly. Beer itself is deep ruby red when held up to direct light.

Smell - Chocolate, kiss of cherry, slight bready malts. Maybe a few other dark fruits thrown in. Focus is definitely cherry and chocolate.

Taste - Slightly boozy dessert, fruit filled dark chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A touch too boozy for my tastes after initial fruit explosion up front.

Mouthfeel - Medium finish and carbonation, with a certain richness to it that clearly indicates "This is not a light beer." Nice smooth feel in the mouth.

Overall - Not sure what the problem on why I didn't enjoy this last time, whether my tastes have changed, or whether pouring this into a glass made that much of a difference. Pretty damn good beer, but restricted to no more than a couple.

Oct 18, 2013
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to cattersley for sending this brew out west.

A: Clear dark brown with slight ruby hue when held to the light. Minimal light tan head which dissipated rather quickly leaving traces of lacing.

S: Brown sugar together with caramel and molasses, dried figs and hints of toasted nuts.

T: Sweet syrups of molasses, caramel, toffee and maple syrup with background notes of dried figs, toasted nuts and yeast. Very subtle bitter notes of hops in the finish.

M: Smooth light to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O: This is a very malt forward beer with great flavours of caramel, molasses and dark fruits. The lack of any noticeable hops leaves this somewhat unbalanced.

May 19, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is worty with maybe a slight tartness.

Taste starts with ample grain character, a light fruitiness in the middle, closes soft and clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Could be a nice regular drinker.

Dec 04, 2012
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "classic" Ontario craft beers which I remember drinking long before the current re-awakening. Haven't bought in a long time and it's a nice, malty and smooth change of pace.

Pours a clear brown with red notes, small head with minimal lacing. Aroma is almost purely of caramelized malts with hints of wood & rye. Malt-forward flavour also has earthy and tea elements plus some nuttiness in the finish.

Definitely a good example of a British brown.

Aug 19, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Black Tomato in Ottawa, Ontario. Poured into pint glass, a deep brown with very little head. Nice slightly sweet malty aroma. Taste is of sweet but roasted malts and toffee. Also a bit of dried fruit, but very slight...its a bit thin, but no big deal.
Overall, a really nice Ale. Much more complex than I thought it would be. Worth a try for sure.

May 31, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can to pint glass.

A - Medium to dark brown with a very slight ruby glow at some of the edges. A small amount of cream coloured head formed on the pour and disappeared rather quickly.

S - Sweet brown sugar and toffee up front. Some maple syrup aroma in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

T - Very sweet up front - molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, dark caramel. Not much bittering at all. The flavour profile is nice but this is just too sweet for me.

M - Light to medium body; smooth. Light carbonation.

O - Good flavours but cloyingly sweet. Couldn't finish the pint.

Feb 05, 2012
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. A bid light tan head on a clear brownish ruby. Lots of foamy lacing. Good head retention.

Bright malt smells. Mild toasted malt in the taste.. Dead leaved. A sour overtone. Toasty malts bring up the rear with a hop twist at the end.

Medium body and carbonation. Not bad overall. Some unusual flavours. A little strong to be a session beer.

Jan 29, 2012
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PeerlessMark from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.70 for a 473ml can from the LCBO.

Thick frothy cream coloured head that dissipates at a reasonable speed. A nice fine head lingers. A deep amber mahogany coloured beer that turns white light red when held up.

I get a lot of nuttiness in the aroma and a bit of roasted caramel.

The taste for me is quite metallic and a bit salty. I keep getting nuts and maltiness too. It's a very satisfying mouthfeel, refreshing and warming all at once. Quite creamy the whole way through. The carbonation is quite subtle.

Very easy to drink and smooth, actually almost a tad watery. Very good brown ale from Neustadt Brewery in Ontario and I'm glad we get to have this on shelves year round.

Dec 30, 2011
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JOaikido from Canada (QC)

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can. BBF 17-12-2011

A- Big frothy head. Dark reddish brown.

S- Malty caramel. A little one-dimensional.

T- Malty, of a sweet caramel type. A little too mild and watery overall. Faint flash of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and that seems to build as I drink.

MF- Medium bodied. Leabes the mouth wet. With the sweetness, it reminds a bit of a softdrink.

D- Easy to drink. Nothing off-putting. But a little bland and unbalanced towards the sweet side.

Dec 29, 2011
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Seanont from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer last year out of the can but had it again last night on tap. I really enjoyed it allot more on tap.

Pours almost a root beer color with a nice malty layer of head.

The taste is malty and coco. Smooth light tasting brown ale that is very enjoyable to drink.

Dec 02, 2011
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO; BB date January 2012. I'm always down for a new brown, and this is the first time I've seen 10W30 at my store. I let this one warm up a bit on the counter before pouring instead of serving it at fridge temperature.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish-copper highlights under the light. Atop this sits a robust, nearly two-finger light tan-coloured creamy head, which lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a creamy collar and film. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma is quite pleasing, with notes of molasses, cocoa, vague bits of coffee and dark fruit and plenty of dark roasted malts.

Now this is a brown ale. The taste is dominated by roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate. Molasses and almond notes. Mostly sweet, but there is some noticeable cocoa and coffee grind drying bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel aided by the low carbonation.

[Updated Apr 20 2016]

Another can; best before Aug 11 2016. I have re-visited this only a handful of times since my initial review, and to be honest my opinion seems to go down with each sampling. I don't know if that's just my palate adjusting, or if there have been refinements to 10w30's recipe over time, or both. Regardless, I think I overrated it originally, and I know the can isn't stale. It is very sweet, and I am not sure I would consider it much of a mild either - more of a brown ale, and an unbalanced one, at that. The brown ale/mild situation is sparse in ON, and this is not one of the better ones available these days. That reminds me, I need to re-visit Stone Hammer Dark, too...

Final Grade: 3.53, a B.

Oct 03, 2011
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aletale from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for quite some time now, after enjoying their Scottish ale.

The beer pours a dark copper colour, revealing a small, quickly diminished head and little to no lacing.

The smell is...wow...malty! There is a strong blast of roasted malts, primarily chocolate, with no hop balance to speak of. Very tasty smelling.

Taste is odd. The chocolate-y malts are most evident, but it is lacking in just about everything else. The beer finishes awkwardly, lacking any kind of hop bite, and features an odd aftertaste. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it. The light carbonation and light mouthfeel make this very easy-drinking.

Fans of Newcastle Brown, Old Speckled hen and the like will enjoy. It's not excellent, but true to the style and tasty.

Aug 27, 2011
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Yoonisaykul from Canada (QC)

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish coca-cola (cherry cola?) Head completely gone in both my friend and my serving. Not very pretty. Second pour left a bit of khaki head.

S- Milk chocolate with a light fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol. Not impressed yet.

T- Better. With a name like 10w30 I was thinking it was going to be something big and rich. It's actually not. Should've read the rest of the can... Premium Dark Ale. It's a pretty good dark ale. A little roasty but still light. A bit of a metallic drywall taste which I don't like. Bitterness is kind of dirty.

M- A bit too thin but not too bad. Very dry, astringent even. Low carbonation.

O- Tastes wrong to me. Dirty chemical bitterness. A bit to thin In my opinion. Kind of refreshing though.
Don't think I'll ever buy it again.

Jul 29, 2011
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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2 finger with a creamy beige head - colour of motor oil - s - sweet dark malt - T - sweet dark malt, caramel, a little cloying but not unpleasant, dark fruit and peppery spice - M - decent carbonation and medium bodied, slightly bitter - O - very decent brew that was much better than I expected

Jul 20, 2011
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has a bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, roasted malts, chocolat and fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very malty taste. Very roasty malts with chocolaty and caramely notes with a slight fruitiness and a bit of grassy hops that add a slight bitterness .

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Good Brown Ale.

Jul 19, 2011
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 127 ratings